Physical therapy managers are always trying to find ways to:
- reduce paperwork (and spend more face-time with your patient)
- speed up productivity (and make more money)
- lower the costs of care (and make more money)
- see more patients (and keep your job)
- get the patients better (and get good outcomes)
- get the right stuff in the chart (for Medicare compliance)
For example, the Cervical Traction classification uses these tests (predictor variables) to identify patients who will respond well to cervical traction:
- Peripheralization with the C4-7 mobility test
- Age> 55
- Positive shoulder abduction test
- Positive cervical distraction test
- Positive Median nerve tension test A
- The baseline chance of being in the cervical traction group is 44%.
- Three-of-five (3/5) positive tests implies a 79.2% chance of success with cervical traction.
- Four-of-five (4/5) positive tests implies a 94.8% chance of success with cervical traction.
- Five-of-five (5/5) positive tests implies a 100% chance of success with cervical traction.
The long term goal would be written like this:
"Improve cervical traction risk classification from 94.8% to 44% in four weeks"The goal is objective, quantifiable and easy to implement.
If you use TBC Templates, available here, you can check your patient's status with simple check boxes weekly.
Attach the template to your electronic documentation and eliminate lengthy, narrative descriptions of 'skilled therapy'.
Treatment based classification holds the promise of better physical therapy outcomes at lower cost.
Now, you can use templated (electronic or paper) TBC checklists to reduce your paperwork and speed up your productivity, too.